BRIDGE

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT COMICS - Bob Jones

THE AP­PLE FALLS North-South vul­ner­a­ble. South deals Open­ing lead: Ace of Di­a­monds

To­day’s deal is from a tour­na­ment played in Tur­key ear­lier this year. West was 12-year-old Ediz Akay, who had been play­ing bridge for just two months at the time this deal was played. His fa­ther, Sadik Akay, is a well-re­spected player in Tur­key. South made an ag­gres­sive, but rea­son­able, leap to game when part­ner raised his suit. Distri­bu­tional hands come to life when your long suit gets raised. Ediz did well not to dou­ble the fi­nal con­tract. Four spades can­not be de­feated, al­though de­clarer might go down if he fails to guess the lo­ca­tion of the queen of hearts. The ace of di­a­monds lead held the first trick and Ediz shifted smoothly to the four of clubs. This was a nice at­tempt at a de­cep­tive play, but it should never work in this sit­u­a­tion against an ex­pe­ri­enced de­clarer. South should rea­son that West would never make a dan­ger­ous shift away from the queen of clubs with a safe di­a­mond con­tin­u­a­tion avail­able. The only rea­son to shift to clubs must be to give South a los­ing op­tion in the club suit. This rea­son­ing should cause South to put up dummy’s king of clubs. South, how­ever, looked down at the 12-year-old boy on his left and thought “this kid would never un­der­lead an ace against a suit con­tract” and played low from dummy. East hap­pily won with the queen and fired back a club to part­ner’s ace. When the king of trumps later took the set­ting trick we were left with one be­daz­zled de­clarer and one grin­ning 12-year-old.

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